In many ways, Bruce Arena's version of the United States men's national team will look similar to the squad that took the field during 2016. Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Fabian Johnson, Christian Pulisic and a few others are surefire starters, while another handful of players are locks to make the game-day roster. But that doesn't mean there's not room for new faces or changes to the depth chart.
Here are 10 players who could dramatically improve their national team standing in 2017.
CARSON, Calif. -- Benny Feilhaber could barely contain himself as he left his first U.S. national team practice in almost three years.
The 1½-hour session was done, but the Sporting Kansas City midfielder looked as if he were ready for another. Feilhaber didn't have long to wait, as he took part in a second practice later on Wednesday, but he was clearly savoring the moment.
"It feels amazing; it's very exciting," he told reporters about his return to the U.S. fold. "It's something I wasn't...
The United States men's national team will kick off their 2017 campaign with the traditional January camp, which opens on Friday. It's a squad in the midst of a rebrand with new (and old) manager Bruce Arena now at the helm after the up and down Jurgen Klinsmann era came to an end in November. There's plenty to accomplish, and little time to do so. Here are 17 goals for the Americans in 2017.
1. Qualify for the 2018 World Cup
Klinsmann's ouster occurred at least in part because the Stars and Stripes...
MLS players were always going to get more looks under Bruce Arena, but the new U.S. national team coach's first roster proves he will scour the domestic league in his quest to improve the American side.
Arena, who replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November, picked no fewer than 32 players -- all of them MLS-based -- for the squad that will gather in Carson, California, next week ahead of home friendlies against Serbia on Jan. 29 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and Feb. 3 vs. Jamaica.
Following a short break, several U.S. footballers are ready to make their marks during the 2017 Clausura. With the league set to begin on Friday, here's a look at some of the Americans to follow in Liga MX.
Omar Gonzalez, DF, Pachuca
Since his arrival in Dec. 2015, Gonzalez has developed into one of the best central defenders in the league. The former LA Galaxy footballer was vital alongside Oscar Murillo during Pachuca's run to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Apertura.
But in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN FC, conducted in the days after he was dismissed, Bradley also gave some insight into his thinking, his experiences with the players, his hopes for the transfer window and even his approach to stabilizing...